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Social Action Coordinating Commission

We lead IHM parishioners to be Christ-like servant leaders in Catholic social justice through prayer, advocacy, education and support of those in need. SACC meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7:15 pm.

All parishioners are invited to discern serving as a parish leader. The Parish Pastoral Council will help you prayerfully discern where to best use your God-given talents, and will provide training for effective servant leadership.

For more information, please contact Mike Suter

Staff Liaison: Donna Wenstrup

  1. IHM Prison Ministry: Angel Tree and Cookies at Christmas. Mentoring Warren Correctional Institution Jan–May. Kairos Retreats at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility late April and October. Contact: Charlie Pfizenmayer
  2. Anderson Churches for Racial Unity. Contact: Judy O’Brien
  3. Child Protection Team to end child abuse and protect our children. Contact: Kathy Weyer
  4. Widening the Circle, monthly luncheons with individuals from Clifton Mosque. Contact: Sue Keefe
  5. Annual Mission Sunday Multicultural Mass, Mission Sunday 6pm mass. Contact: Gloria Milord or Sue Keefe. 
  6. Growing IHM Community Lunch with our Hispanic Ministry at the November convivencia. Contact: Gloria Milord or Sue Keefe.
  7. Social Forums: Offered at least twice a year on social justice themes
  8. Pledge of Non-violence: In a tradition begun in 1988, IHM has pledged annually to be a non-violent community the first weekend of October.
  9. Environmental Stewardship: As caring stewards, we act, lead, educate and inspire love and protection of God’s creation. Contact:  chair needed
Justice for Immigrants

In January 2003, the bishops of the United States and Mexico issued a joint pastoral letter, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, (“Strangers No Longer”) that presented a Catholic framework for responding to the ongoing migration in their respective countries. Strangers No Longer offered pastoral guidance to Catholics who encounter and engage migrants, including undocumented immigrants, migrant children, and refugees, who are living and working in their communities. The letter also suggested systematic reforms to U.S. migration policy and presented an alternative to the existing immigration paradigm.

In 2004, the Catholic bishops of the United States committed to immigration reform as a priority of the U.S. Catholic Church, and to creating a culture of welcome in which all migrants are treated with respect and dignity. A diverse group of Catholic organizations with national networks joined the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign (JFI) in an effort to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of goodwill in support of immigration reform.

Catholic social teaching provides the foundation for how the Church addresses issues related to migration. Reflecting on both Scripture and the Church’s moral teachings, the bishops’ on migration inform the approach to migration policy taken by Catholic institutions and Catholics generally. Understanding how the Church’s teaching tradition informs its position on migration will help Catholics and others of good will better understand how these principles can be and should be put into practice. The resources highlighted here will help you learn more about the Church’s social teachings as related to migration and how you can help to make positive change.